How can I safely remove a scab

Remove cradle cap?

Remove cradle cap - better not!

If your child suffers from eczema, you should not simply remove the cradle cap. The baby has a very itchy rash with sores and crusts. Removing the cradle cap is not only very painful for the baby - it also creates small wounds in which bacteria can quickly settle and cause additional inflammation.

If your child tends to scratch the areas with cradle cap, it is important that you protect them from further damage to their skin. At least once a week, trim his fingernails and file any sharp edges. In phases of severe itching, small mittens that you can fasten with Velcro can help.

Cradle cap or gneiss?

If your baby has developed eczema before the third month and is barely itching, the chances are high that it is head gneiss. In this case, the scales are rather soft and form a layer on the scalp. This eczema is not a sign of neurodermatitis and usually heals on its own. It is caused by overproductive sebum glands on the scalp. Consult your pediatrician if you are unsure whether it is cradle cap or another condition.

Unlike cradle cap, you can remove gneiss by washing your child's scalp with a mild baby shampoo. If a stubborn cuticle has formed, you can soak it for a while with baby oil under a hat. The scales can then be easily removed with a baby brush.

Treat neurodermatitis and cradle cap

If you want to treat the cradle cap, the most important thing is to also relieve the rash and itching that accompanies it. Various measures help with neurodermatitis:

  • Cooling compresses and lotions (e.g. with the addition of polidocanol or menthol) can soothe the inflamed skin and soothe the itching.
  • Cortisone preparations and immunomodulators in the form of creams and ointments effectively dampen the inflammatory reaction that leads to the rash and head gneiss. In babies, however, these drugs may only be used for a short time and under medical supervision.
  • Some antihistamines (medicines for allergies) can help treat eczema and cradle cap. In babies, for example, they are given as drops.
  • If the skin has already become infected through strong scratching, further therapeutic measures are required, e.g. with antibiotics in the form of creams or juices.

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